BAFS and External Events

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The British Academy of Forensic Science (BAFS) held its first meeting in 1960. BAFS is a unique organisation formed from a unique mix of forensic medicine (pathologist, psychiatrists, physicians (FMEs), scientist and lawyers. Our events are usually based in London.

Next BAFS Event

AGM & Ormrod Lecture 2019

Should Acute Behavioural Disturbance be considered a Public Health Problem?

Date: 17th October 2019

Venue: King’s College London, Tower Lecture Theatre, Floor 30, Guy’s Tower, Guy's Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 1UL

Dr Meng Aw-Yong is an Emergency Medicine clinician and Forensic Medical Examiner (medical Director Met Police), co-author of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Best practice Guideline of Acute Behavioural Disturbance (ABD), past member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody, Expert on ABD and restraint (including response to Dame Angiolini’s review of Death in Police Custody).

He will explore what causes these deaths and how they can be reduced but more importantly who can make these changes and why there has been such a long delay to change ?

 
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Regular BAFS Events

BAFS Events

Friends' Dinner
A popular annual event that is often over-subscribed. Some of the previous topics discussed at this event included the wrongful conviction of Barry George for the murder of Jill Dando, Child Sexual Abuse, the murder of Rachel Nickell, False Confessions, and the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Joint Events

BAFS and Clinical Forensic and Legal medicine section of Royal Society of Medicine
Date: Saturday 19 January 2019
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, London
CPD: Accredited

The recent disasters, such as Grenfell Tower and Westminster Bridge, has highlighted how forensic science plays an important part in victim identification.

A panel of experts will examine how forensic odontology, anthropology and pathology contribute to the identification process.

Learn about the psychological impact such events can have on victims, hearing more about the nature of the subsequent inquests from those supporting them.
Key topics:
  • How forensic odontology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How forensic anthropology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How forensic pathology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How victims are affected by disasters
  • How psychologists manage victims of disasters
More information here

BAFS Friends Dinner

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External Events

Investigating a complex murder: Combining forensic and legal medical expertise

Saturday 19th October 2019

Location: Royal Society of Medicine

Using as a starting point a real-life murder and sexual assault, this meeting will approach the different forensic specialities who may be involved. You will learn about current best practice and ethical dilemmas in the field.

Experienced speakers will show how a single case can involve many different forensic and legal practitioners, and raise legal, clinical and ethical concerns for each of them.

Meeting topics:

  • Be aware of how a complex murder investigation evolves
  • Understand the roles of different forensic specialities
  • Know current best practice in custody and sexual offences medicine
Further information can be found here.

Previous BAFS Events

Friends Dinner 2019: How did forensic science help identify Richard III?

Speaker: Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE

RSM & BAFS joint event 2018

Dr Richard Shephard, Professor Peter Vanezis, Dr Curtis Offiah, Professor Peter Gill, Mr David Heming, Detective Inspector Mark Richards and Master Evan Bell, 20/01/2018

AGM & Friends Dinner 2017 

James Hines QC and Dr Martin Hall,  01/11/2017

Forensic Investigation in Counter Terrorism

Sharon Broome, 30/11/2016

The Lund Lecture 2015

Professor Denise Syndercombe Court, 04/10/2016

AGM & Friends Dinner 2016

Andrew Smith and Professor Nigel Eastman, 18/05/2016

Forensic Imaging: From Plates to Pixels

Nick Marsh, 21/01/2016

Investigating sudden unexpected death

Professor Richard Shepherd, Marta Cohen, Professor Robert Peckitt, Professor Mary Sheppard, Dr Safa Al-Sarraj, Professor Robert J. Flanagan, Dr Elijah Behr, Dr Jason Payne-James, Professor Robin Ferner, Dr Peter Dean, 16/01/2016

Ormrod Lecture 2015

Professor Robert J. Flanagan, 22/10/2015

Science and the Courts. Human Identification, Migration and Trafficking

Prof Robert J. Flanagan, HH Judge Jeremy Donne QC, Upper Tribunal Judge Mark Ockelton QC, Professor Cheryl Thomas, Mr Stuart Black, Mr Roger Baldwin, Dr Ann Priston, Mr Nick Marsh, Dr Denise Syndercombe Court, Professor Michael Kopelman, Dr Sarah Majid, Dr Sarah Chin, Dr Michael Korzinski, 28/03/2015

Blood Pattern Analysis

Jo Millington, 15/01/2015

The Lund Lecture 2014

Professor Bob Peckitt 23/10/2014

Clozapine Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Dr James MacCabe, Professor Robert Flanagan and Professor Christoph Hiemke 28/06/2014

Fingerprints

Ken Butler, 15/05/2014

 

Past Venues

Chapter Hall St John’s Gate

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